Dirty Secrets Restaurants Don't Want You to Know

When you're dining out, you shouldn't have to worry about putting your health at risk. But certain restaurant violations and food choices could be doing just that. Learn the secrets restaurants keep that could be making you sick and the small changes you can make to protect yourself.


Secret: The louder the music, the more you eat.

Secret: The louder the music, the more you eat.

Music sets a mood – and it can affect your eating habits. If a restaurant is playing loud music, you feel like you have more energy. That makes you order more and eat faster. It also means you’ll overeat. The problem is you are eating so quickly, you don’t realize you are full. The bonus for the restaurant? You’ll leave faster – helping the restaurant get more customers in the door!

Solution: Keep this in mind the next time you sit down for a meal. Think twice before ordering extra appetizers, extra sides, or the most indulgent item on the menu. Enjoy the music – and take the time to enjoy your meal.

3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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